Use it or Lose It – Brought to you by #Visionworks

“Use it or lose it” is an English proverb most people are familiar with, indicating the urgency of applying skills or knowledge as they might be lost over time.  This also applies to property and privileges which may have a clear expiration.

Here is a list of my top six things you should use before they are gone for 2017! 

1.  Vacation days or paid time off

Many companies no longer allow this time to be rolled over into the next year.  This is our top “use it or lose it” item as paid time off from your work can lead to better productivity.  Taking a break usually will leave you feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated.  Find out how much time you have left and be sure to schedule every last hour of time that your company is giving you.  You don’t even have to go anywhere or plan an elaborate trip, sometimes a staycation or staying at home to relax is better than a vacation.

2.  Languages

If you speak a second language, using the language regularly is the best way to maintain your knowledge.  If you don’t have someone to speak with, you can check out an awesome app called Duolingo which allows you to practice, maintain and build your language skills.  The app allows you to practice reading, writing and speaking.  

3. Cognitive Ability

Your mental acuity can be lost over time if you don’t use it.  Keep your brain active with brain games like crossword puzzles, memory games and more.  There are many apps that can be used like Lumosity or CNN All Free Brain Games.  

4. Muscles

Keeping your body in good shape takes time and practice.  You should keep your muscles toned and strong with regular workouts.  That might be hard when you are a mom, but we have a few articles on how to manage from our health and fitness blogger, Theresa.  

5. Produce

How many times have you opened up your fridge only to find the produce you bought and forgot about last week has gone bad.  You are not alone, according to a Guardian report released in 2016, roughly 50 percent of all produce in the United States is thrown away. That is about 60 million tons, adding up to $160 billion worth of produce annually. You can prolong the life of your produce by storing it properly and only buy what you plan to eat.  
Meal planning can really help with reducing waste.  Metro Detroit mom, fellow blogger, friend, and author, Hope Comerford, has a great and easy slow cooker cookbook that makes meal planning a breeze.  You can buy her book on Amazon (affiliate link): Fix-It and Forget-It Lazy and Slow Cookbook: 365 Days of Slow Cooker Recipes
Another idea is to have a list of produce items on the fridge so you can easily see what you have in stock and cross items off as they are used. The list will be a reminder to use up produce before it goes bad.

6.  Vision Benefits

Your vision benefits likely expire yearly, make the best use of your benefits by visiting your local Visionworks for your annual eye exam and get a new pair of glasses before your FSA dollars or vision benefits go to waste.  

Amber Louchart

Amber is the proud Homeschooling mother to four beautiful children, Damian (23), Rosaleigh (9), Carlyn (6), Naomi (3) and a wife to her loving husband, Chancellor. Her family also includes three cats. She loves being a stay-at-home mom and feels blessed to be able to care for her children full-time and provide them with so many opportunities through Metro Detroit Mommy.

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